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Avg Antivirus Resident Shield Is Constantly Detecting Tracking Cookies

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#1 Indiana


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Posted 01 June 2008 - 03:13 AM

After installing the new AVG Antivirus Free, The *Resident Shield* constantly pop up with alerts of Tracking Cookies, when I use the internet.
Also when I browse to sites I use often and I trust.

I don't seam to be infected with others (virus or malware). I have run Kaspersky, Spybot, Ad-Aware and AVG scans.
Ad-Aware is detecting some tracking cookies, that I tell the program to remove, but the problem still occurs, when I use Internet Explorer.

What can I do?
Do you like me to follow the standard procedure of malware and virus? (Post Kaspersky and Decard scan reports?)

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#2 ruby1


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Posted 01 June 2008 - 09:54 AM

this 'new version ' of AVG is giving many (myself included)the 'run around '

my 'thinking ' is it is flagging up 'false possitives'

if you wish you can run both these scans? BOTH are 'nasties finding 'programs and NOT antivirus programs!!!!
I strongly siggest you empty your temp internet files folder prior to doing thse scans

Superantispyware; guide on how to install and run

If you have not already got a Downloads folder , I suggest you create a new folder in My Documents, and name it Downloads ;

Installing superantispywareSuperantispyware is found here


Download to the Downloads folder the free exe to superantispyware from here


you install superantispyware by clicking on the icon in the downloads folder ;
it will launch the installation process;
follow the instructions and I suggest you ask for a default installation ;
ensure it creates a desktop icon for you ;
once the program has been installed it should ask you if you wish to update the program ; say YES

if it does not ask you , you need TO fully update the definitions by opening the program and find the ‘check for updates ‘tab in the bottom left of the menus you see; click on it and it will do the update for you ;
I suggest you ask it to check for updates again once the first update is complete just to be sure

please then reboot your computer ; it is preferable to run the scan in your computers safe mode;

please open this program from the desktop icon
please run the scan while you are OFF line and do not have the computer doing any other work while the scan runs

go to the preferences tab on the right
on the General tab I suggest you disable the scan on start up

on the Hijack protection tab I suggest you tick BOTH items; this enables the program to give you a Hijack home page alert if your home page gets changes ; if you DO get a home page hijack, when you boot up the computer superantispyware will open and tell you the home page has changed and will ask you if this is a legitimate change;

in statistics/logs- go to the bottom and you will see two boxes asking about keeping a log of scanning results and saving empty logs?

Tick both of them

Then go back to the main screen and see the tab that says scan your computer? Do you see that ?

Click on it

A screen will open ;on the left hand side ensure your FIXED drive ( most probably the C drive) is ticked;
Also tick in there any other section that is used and attached .
On the right had side you see three scanning options?; please click the Complete scan option

OK; you are now set to scan

Please then click on the ‘next’ tab and let the scan run please run the scan while you are OFF line and do not have the computer doing any other work while the scan runs

From my experience running this program the complete full scan CAN take many hours to run depending on how much is on your computer so be patient and let it run; maybe go for a cuppa or watch a favourite program while this one runs

Once the scan IS complete you will be presented with a box telling you what the scan has found ( if anything); if harmful objects have been found click on the OK button ; on the next screen all the harmful objects should have a check mark beside them, ; click ‘next’

A notification should appear that

‘quarantine and removal is complete’

click ‘ok’
and then the Finish button to get returned to the main menu

If you have run the scan in computers safe mode you will need to reboot to computer normal mode

If you have run in computer’s normal mode I suggest you reboot to enable the ‘fix’ the program has performed to consolidate

You then need to retrieve the scan result

Open the program and return to the statistics /logs section ; locate the most recent log ; left mouse click on it to highlight it and click the ‘view log’ tab

The log should appear in maybe note pad ; you need to copy and paste that log for examination
Once you have posted the log please close the superantispyware program


you need to be ON line to start this process and please run the scan in computer’s NORMAL mode


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suggest; download the exe to your downloads folder so you know where to find it;

create from that folder a shortcut to your desktop

Double-click on the to install the application.
The installation is relatively straight forward; just follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.

When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Then click Finish.
The Program will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, you may manually download them from

On the main interface you will see different tabs at the top of the program?

Select each to see what they ask of you and what they each represent;
When you are ready to scan you will be asked to select the drives you wish to scan? The program should recognise ALL your drives ; if it does not I suggest you select all drives

You will be asked to select either a quick scan or a full computer scan my recommendation is to do a full scan so your search does not miss anything

Click the start button and let the scan run; it will show you how it is progressing, what section it is on and the elapsed time I ran a full trial scan on my relatively empty XP for a ‘sampling ‘ ;your scan may take about an hour or so to run;

When the scan is complete a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click on 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
On the Main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
Ensure everything is checked,

click Remove Selected.
When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
The log should be saved automatically and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.

Note: please be aware ;

If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

if I am right these two scans wiill come back clean .........................

if not;lets see what we have got shall we?

#3 skyfuser


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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:00 AM

Tracking cookies are nothing evil; you probably use them if you use your browser to remember logins. Learn more about them here. The cookies are probably something from popup advertisements. While they're not good, they're not exactly harmful.

If you ran Kaspersky, Ad-Aware, Spybot, and AVG, and only found tracking cookies there shouldn't be anything wrong with your system. However, if you're still wary, follow ruby1's excellent advice and post the logs here.
"If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way." - Bertrand Russell

#4 Stretch 01

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:26 PM

Hi My name is Justin and I would like to thank Ruby01 for their advice regarding using Super Antispware.If You have the same problems as I did,oddly enough I had been running AVG 8 without problems until January of this year and then everytime I opened my browser [this being fire fox] avg resident shield would indicate that it found tracking cookies at C:document and settings/name folder/cookies etc or if I used internet explorer[why because I can that is why] it would do the same thing.sometimes after my session on the net. I downloaded Super Antispyware and ran it as per instructions[although I ran it in normal mode[could not get into safe mode[tried everything]] and it found and removed the spyware cookies.All is good now.
So yes it works.
Cheers and thanks.

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